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Gene Kantor
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   Since I was w/ Charlie Co. 2/2 in Viet Nam I try to stay current on their deployments.  I just read two books on the Nov. Fallujah battle.  One book was the Kasal book w/ the Marines and 1st Cav.  The second book was w/ Bellavia and Alpha Co. 2/2.  Where was Charlie Co.?
   I understand that all units started 8 Nov. 2004 on the outskirts north of the city and moved south.  Alpha was near or on PL Able w/ a platoon of 63rd Armor and elements of Hq. and the Marines were on their right flank. Was Bravo and Charlie also there?  Was Task Force 22 the extreme east flank of the attack?  I would appreciate any accurate info.
   Thankyou to the current generation of Ramrods, "Well done"
BCC
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Gene,
I believe C Co wasthere, and A Co took some heavy hits, incl C.O And X.O.

B Co, (Bandits in RVN and Bushmasters now) had completed a year in Kirkuk by the time Fallujah came around, having gone in from Kosovo, seperate from the Bn, as part of Task Force 1-63, inApril 2003, after the 173d captured the airfield at Erbil. I believe B Co suffered 3 fatalities in Kirkuk, but none due directly to combat ops. One was electrocuted while working on power lines, on a pole.

Hope this helps some.

The Bn also lost CSM Falkenberg, just before the Fallujah jump off.
The Saint
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Gene, yes C co was there. I am in contact with a kid that lost his right leg and part of his stomach, he spend about 2 years at Walter Reed Hospital.
He was medical discharged this year and he is residing in Puerto Rico. He and I attend the re-activation of the 2/2 in Ft Hood TX on April this year. I was with B co 2/2 from 1964 to 67, I went to Nam in 1965 with the unit stay until 1967 then I was assigned to the 1st Avn Bde, I stay in Nam until 1970. I retired from the Army in 1981.

Hope this can help you.


The Saint.
Larry G
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Gene,
 
Try this web site, it makes for some interesting reading.  It covers the subject you are asking about.  Hopefully you will be able access it without any trouble, it took me several trys.
 
 
Larry G
HHC 2/2 66-67
Gene Kantor
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   Larry G, thank you for that website.  I have to say that I was impressed w/ the leadership of TF 2/2.  So it was A 2/2, HHC mortars and scouts, A 2/63, F Troop 4th Cav. and two companies of Iraqi infantry.  I assume C Co. was somewhere else in Iraq.  Gene

Larry Grzywinski
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Gene,

 

The entire Task Force 2-2 did very proud for themselves in this battle, from the leadership on down.  You know the 2/2 earned a Presidential Unit Citation for this action; it is the first one for any unit of the regiment.

 

This also was not the 2nd Infantry’s first involvement in combat along with the U S Marines.  The first was during the War with Mexico at the Battle of Chapultepec on September 12, 1847.

 

General Winfield Scott organized two storming parties numbering 250 hand picked men to attack the castle.  The first was led by Captain Samuel Mackenzie and the second was under the command of Captain Casey of the second infantry and consisted of men and officers mostly from the second infantry.  This storming party was led by 40 U S Marines

 

The efforts of the U S Marines in this battle and subsequent occupation of Mexico City are memorialized by the opening lyrics of the Marines’ Hymn, “From The Halls Of Montezuma…”  Chapultepec Castle was also known as the Halls of Montezuma.  Further, the red stripe (known as the “blood stripe”) along the side of the Marines dress blue uniform trousers worn by officers and non-coms is a reminder of the 90% causalities suffered by the Marines at the battle.

 

After the heroic assault to capture the fortress at Chapultepec the flagstaff from that fort was used to replace the broken wood on the drum major’s baton with the silver mountings from the original transferred to it.  The baton is the symbol of the regiment’s nickname: “Ramrods.”

 

When it comes to battle we are all comrades in arms.

 

Larry Grzywinski

HHC 2/2 66-67

Briannester
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c company 2-2.  We sent  very few soldiers to fallujah. it was A comp.. we stayed behind in muqdadiya. then to mosul.

briannester
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TheSaint.. you went to the reactivation in FT HOOD with melendez-diaz?

Saint
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Yes, I was there in April during the re-activation of the 2/2, Manny and I were at the ceremony.

 

 

John Kerins
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Gene,

You may be interested to know the first Silver Star awarded in the 1st Infantry Division in Iraq, when to SSG Bittinger from C-2-2. Many of us had the pleasure of meeting SSG Bittinger and also SSG Fitts and PFC Wallis at the Division reunion in Chicago in 04.

http://www.army.mil/-news/2004/07/29/1658-1st-infantry-division-awards-silver-star/
briannester
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Melendez-diaz (or FEZ as we called him) was in my platoon in iraq. Do u have any ways of getting ahold of him?

The Saint
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Bannister I will tell him that you are looking for him--heis going to need and address.
Juan.
The Saint
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Brainester, I have contact with (FEZ) Manny Diaz, I had lunch today with him. I will see him again tomorrow. He said that he will use the board to contact you.

His cel is 787-424-9998.

His E-Mail.
bigredmanny17@yahoo.com

Please contact him.
Juan.

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Melendez-Diaz
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Nester you can contact me at my cel 787-424-9998 , and I'll be in the reunion in tennesse in october 10-12.

The Saint
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Manny, hope you got the ticket taking care off, also the Registration form and the reservation at the hotel.

Y no Jodas.
BrianNester
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Yo FEZ! what's up man? Sorry it took me months to find this. My email is Briannester@hotmail.com. Feel free to write.

jcasias
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RIP... SMJ Faulkenburg, SSG Matteson, CPT Simms, And LT Iwan!!! Thanks from all of us

Bill Sly
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I will write more later. I have just read a book that I found in my Library. The book's first printing is Aug 2010. The name of the book is Grunt by John C McManus.

In the book it describes the two battles of Falujah. The second with A 2/2C(mech) and its commander LTC Newell.  (Yes the son of Ltc Newell from Vietnam). along with the Brigade Scouts and some Tanks (2/34?) more later.

Bill Sly
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From the information I have that is the story: After the men from Whitewater were killed and dragged through the streets and hung on a bridge leading to the city, our politicians wanted to show the world how tough we were and ordered the Marines to take the city. When they found out it was taking time and the media was saying that the Americans were killing women and children,they backed off and told the Marines to leave the city.

After letting the bad guys spend 5 months to set up land mines and IEDs the Americans asked the Marines to come up with a plan to take the city. The marines ask for two battalions of Army mech infantry. the 1st Cav sent the 2/7 and the 1st Infantry sent 2/2.

The differences was that the 2/2 was still had to take care of their AO. So the Battalion Commander (LTC Pete Newell) Took A 2/2, some members of HHC, the regmental Scouts (to call in Mortars, artillery,and various air assets,

When reading about the battle remember that every one else brought a battalion to the fight except us. We were to pull point. We were to disrupt the enemy and take on any platoon or larger size elements.

When we got to the middle of the city, we were supposed to block the east side of Highway 10 so no one could go in or out.

When the Marines finally caught up with us we the took the rest of our area. We lost the Company commander,the XO,our SMJ and an SSG, but we did our job and ended up getting a Presidential Unit Citation.
Bill Sly
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I forgot that we also had some tanks from A 3/63 4th Cav.

Bill Sly
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My fault the tankers are from A 2/63.

norman jones
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CSM Falkenburgh was killed in the city of Fallujah. He was my best CSM ever!


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Originally Posted by BCC
Gene,
I believe C Co wasthere, and A Co took some heavy hits, incl C.O And X.O.

B Co, (Bandits in RVN and Bushmasters now) had completed a year in Kirkuk by the time Fallujah came around, having gone in from Kosovo, seperate from the Bn, as part of Task Force 1-63, inApril 2003, after the 173d captured the airfield at Erbil. I believe B Co suffered 3 fatalities in Kirkuk, but none due directly to combat ops. One was electrocuted while working on power lines, on a pole.

Hope this helps some.

The Bn also lost CSM Falkenberg, just before the Fallujah jump off.

Mustache 6
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Thinking of CSM Faulkenberg, CPT Sims, and 1LT Iwan as I do every Veterans Day. Dirty Steve (Faulkenberg) loved his Soldiers. He would not have it any other way, always out front with the Ramrods. I was the Civil Affairs Officer attached to 2/2 in both Kosovo and Iraq until the end of October 2004. I still kick myself in the ass for not being there in November. I miss you guys!
gene kantor
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Bill, norman and Mustache, thanks for your input.  The 2/2 has a lot to be proud of.  Gene
John Kerins
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Must see TV!
Military Channel’s show Warrior POV “Fallujah.”

You can see part of it here;

http://military.discovery.com/tv-shows/warrior-pov/tv-schedule.htm

That page also has the Military Channel’s schedule of when “Fallujah” will be shown again. Shows on an S&D in Nam and the Tet Offensive are listed also.

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